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3/25/16 and 3/26/16 – Friday and Saturday – Final Countdown and Goodbyes

The day was Friday. The air felt ripe. Team 696 entered the stadium for the last days of qualifications. Setting up in the stands and pit came naturally, much like muscle reflex. Before many of the other teams even entered the stands, Team 696 was ready.

The last of the qualification rounds flew right by, with Team 696 ranked top 8. Feeling good as they left the building, The Circuit Breakers ate a hearty dinner and headed to bed early. They knew a good-night’s sleep was key to being fully prepared for what was yet to come.

The air was chilly with a faint sea-breeze wafting up to the hotel. Team 696 had gathered all their belongings and packed it onto the bus as it was their last day, Saturday, in Ventura.

After a final breakfast meal at Denny’s, Team 696 headed to finish what they started. The time where the top ranking teams chose who to form an alliance with had finally begun.

Team 696 was chosen, but gratefully declined. The team which Circuit Breakers were going to ask to join their alliance was also chosen but declined, meaning they could not be on the same alliance anymore.

Nevertheless, Team 696 chose two other teams from the group of highly potential and hard-workers that is FIRST Robotics teams, making a full alliance.

The matches were close, but Team 696 ended up getting eliminated before the Final round. Staying till the end, Team 696 gave encouragement to the remaining teams.

Following the Final’s Match, it was time to announce the winners of various awards. Team 696 was flattered to receive their first ever Gracious Professionalism Award.

After the awards’ ceremony, Circuit Breakers packed up and were headed for home. While they had lost, spirits stayed positive on the ride home, congratulating each other and speaking praise about the other teams.

Once back at Clark, Team 696 members were given a short speech that warmed everyone’s hearts. Then they all went their separate ways to get a good night’s sleep.

3/24/16 – Thursday – Ventura Practice

The drive to where the competition was being held in Ventura was fairly short, perhaps a little over five minutes. Team 696 walked first to Denny’s Diner from their hotel for a hearty breakfast. By the end of breakfast everyone was fully awake and excited for the day ahead of them.

There was a beautiful and tear-jerking opening ceremony to start off the competition, and wonderful music to follow it. Quickly after the start of the whole event were Team 696 scouts setting up in the stands and the drive team down in the pits readying Banshee.

Being able to participate in many of the practice rounds, Banshee and its drivers showed much improvement. The automatic portion of the rounds ran smoothly, and during operational Banshee scored many low goals.

There was one minor mistake throughout the day, and that was a premature extension of the arms before an attempt to lift itself. Besides this one issue the day ran smoothly for Team 696.

For dinner, Team 696 had the honor of sharing it with Kathy Looman from Haas. Together they went to eat at a nearby Mexican restaurant. Spending over an hour eating and talking with one-another, they eventually parted ways by the end of the night.

3/23/16 – Wednesday – Beach Fun

Early Wednesday day Team 696 was stationed outside of Clark with their bags. As they would be staying in Ventura over nights for the competition, the team brought along bags full of clothing and their personal belongings. After being loaded onto the bus, their journey began.

The first stop would be at the Haas Automation factory. It was here that Team 696 was led on a wonderful tour of the place, being informed of the history and inner-workings along the way.

Afterwards the team headed to Lazy Dog Cafe for some food as they were hungry from the long drive. Dressed in their team’s shirts, the pink train of students filed into the restaurant and filled a row of tables. Even with this many people Team 696 were respectful and remained quiet for the benefit of other customers.

As the actual competition didn’t start until the next day, Team 696 were able to have some fun. After getting checked into their hotel and rooms, they split off into two groups. The smaller group was tasked with pit-setup, and would join the larger group soon. The larger group headed to the beach, a few minutes away via walking. Dressed for the beach, Team 696 members happily made the journey to the beach for some volleyball and relaxation.

Being careful so as to not injure oneself before competition, four separate volleyball teams were created for the two courts at the beach. It remained friendly and not too serious throughout the day, and everyone had a blast. Mr. Hoard was even able to show off his amazing volleyball skills to the team, who stood in awe as they were utterly beaten to smithereens on the courts.

All too soon was it time to return to the hotel and eat dinner. For this night it was In-n-Out, right next to the hotel. Members ordered food and brought it back to their rooms to eat before bed.

Members were ready for bed before 10, and Mr. Black made the rounds to make sure everyone was comfortable in their rooms. Exhausted from getting beaten on the volleyball fields by Mr. Hoard, Team 696 fell into a deep slumber the first night at Ventura – ready for competition the next day.

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3/21/16 – Monday – Auto Doc

The day was a quiet day. Daniel, Team 696’s driver continued driving the Practice Robot. He actually got the Automatic Drive to work, and it is flawless.

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Daniel perfecting his driving skills with help from Jack and Dr. Stone.

Nicole of Business team continued printing out booklets. She then redesigned the 2016 Technical Document. Good work Nicole. Other Business member Anna sorted through the team’s buttons – created by Andrea – to count all of them.

Lunch was delicious tostadas. Everyone went back for seconds and some even got thirds.

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Team 696 couldn’t get enough of these delicious tostadas.

Mika, Nanor, and Anthony K. worked together to fix the Technical Document. The trio worked hard to get it to a point where it could be reprinted and represent the best of the team.

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Members working in the Business Room on the Tech Doc.

3/19/16 – Saturday – Burning Rubber

Blog writer and local hot-shot Photographer Samuel was very busy for the past few days. He had been sorting the hundreds and thousands of photos and videos taken at the Los Angeles Regional. Then he began writing the blog for those days which he couldn’t as he had been busy the entire day. He got some help with the sorting of photos, but since he’s the only one who could write so beautiful, the blog came down to him alone.

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Blog writer and super cool guy Samuel sorting pictures and writing a blog post.

Of course he gave it his all, for Samuel doesn’t slack or not try. But due to him devoting all his strength to the blog, he was unable to get photos of the day.

CNC Mill member Dustin finished manufacturing the Pivot Plates he had been working on. He and Nanor, another Mill member, setup and almost finished a Gearbox Standoff.

For lunch there was an amazing course of Mediterranean food. The course consisted of pita bread, hummus, chicken, and a great salad.

Lousaper of the Lathe team went back to working the Lathe. Today she made spacers, Gearbox Standoffs, and tension rods. She has definitely come far from where she started the year at.

CAM member Jonna edited some programs. These were for previous parts, to practice her abilities. She then helped finish up the Gearbox Plate spacers.

Andrea of Business cleaned the entire Business Room. All by herself, this was quite the hefty task. She was most successful at it though.

Mr. Black visited Industrial Metal Supply to purchase a 1/4″ aluminum plate. While prices were high, the team had decided to buy the imported material.

Mr. Black also helped Karin disassemble and repair several loose fasteners to the Practice Robot’s drive system. All together it took around 3 hours. He then coached Daniel and Karin on how to improve their driving abilities, playing around 30 matches of drive practice. During these matches where the average score was 6 low goals, 3 breached defenses, and a hang, the drivers discovered that the Practice Robot can do wheelies.

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Practice Robot burning rubber in sick wheelie-donuts.

The lab closed around 11:15 PM.

3/18/16 – Friday – Mr. Roboto

Business member Andrea transferred media taken during the Los Angeles Regional competition onto Team 696’s network. She also finished taking inventory of all merchandise in the lab and proofread the business documents still needing to be printed.

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Nanor running an operation on the Mill.

Nicole, another Business member, made some minor corrections to the Business Plan, Brand Guide, and Sponsor Booklets prior to their printing. Anna worked on vinyl and updating certain files.

Lousaper, the sole member of Lathe team, finished compiling the list of necessary materials to take to the competition. This was crucial to ensuring nothing would be forgotten for the Ventura competition.

As members stayed at the lab until after 6:00, pizza was provided as dinner.

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Members choosing their slices of pizza.

Mr. Black welded a new jack mount onto the team’s trailer and filled the tires of both the trailer and Suburban to the proper pressure specification. He then adjusted the Tormach Lathe turret-lock sensor as well as installing coolant wiper and cable loom.

The lab closed at around 11:00 PM.

2/27/16 – Saturday – Gas Shock

Jake of Programming team worked on bin organization. He also helped setup the practice field and began planning the code for the Robot.

Business team member Nicole revised the Brand Guide as well as the Alumni Book.

James of CAM team worked on the Router today. He was able to make some “stop plates” for Mr. Larson using polycarbonate.

Mr. Black installed Windows updates to the new Programming team’s laptops and created a backup image. He also drove to Santa Fe Springs to pick up parts from McMaster Carr. These parts will be used to mount a gas shock to the Arm. Mr. Black then determined optimal placement, and designed, manufactured, then installed the mount and gas shock. The 40 lbs of 8.27″ stroke gas shock improves the motion and control of the Robot Arm by acting as a counterweight.

The lab closed at 9:00 PM.

2/26/16 – Friday – Laptops

Team 696 had a couple of visitors today. One was from the Gene Haas Foundation while the other was from Edge Factor. They were given a tour of the lab and met some members along the way.

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Mr. Black, Mika, and Alexander explaining this years competition to the visitors.

After the guests left, Team 696 started their day off with a meeting. Members were told the schedule and what should be done. Teams set off to accomplish their tasks shortly thereafter.

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Mika and Alexander leading the meeting.

Lousaper of the Lathe team helped setup the drive field in the gym.

Luke of Web and Clark student Maggy looked over the Chairman’s Video Script that Samuel came up with.

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Luke and Maggy helping Samuel with the Chairman’s Video.

Business member Andrea worked on the Alumni Book. She also began working on the CNC Router.

Team members ate pizza for dinner as they stayed later than 6 at Clark.

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Members grabbing pieces of pizza to eat.

Programming member Daniel worked on the Shooter on the Practice Robot. Other member Bhavin worked on vision processing whilst John and Jake helped set up the field.

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Daniel working with Alexander and Anthony C. on getting the Practice Robot to work.

Mr. Black installed SSDs and Windows 7 to the new laptops for the Programming team.

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Mr. Black assembling the computer for the Programming team.

The lab closed at 10:30 PM.

2/23/16 – Tuesday – Bag Day

It was the big day! The moment everyone was waiting for. Bag Day had finally arrived, the day where – at midnight – the team would have to put their Robot into a bag until Competition.

Needless to say, everyone was pretty excited. After the briefing meeting, members split off to finish their assigned tasks.

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Members meeting right before they start working.

Lousaper made some spacers for the Winch and Telescoping Arms on the CNC Lathe. She then helped clean the drive field in the cafetorium.

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Lousaper making some spacers on the CNC Lathe.

Programming members Bhavin and Daniel worked on getting the code ready to test on the Competition Robot. Other members Jake and John helped set up the drive field. Jake also ran some battery tests.

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Field getting set up.

James of CAM finished the Operator Control Panel. The entire creation of it, from CAD to the countersinks were all him.

Business team member Nicole finished the black and pink t-shirt designs and the rough draft of the Business Plan Design.

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Business team typing away in the Business Room.

For dinner the team got chili. It was quite good.

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Delicious chili.

Andrea ordered buttons and helped Arvin and Anna with putting vinyl on the suburban.

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Arvin making sure the vinyl is straight.

Karin of Prototype team helped Mr. Larson with cutting and bending the polycarbonate that will become the sponsor panels.

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Karin and Mr. Larson cutting up the polycarbonate sheets.

Mr. Black spent some time to review the t-shirt design then order quantities. He then polished the driver’s side of the Suburban to help the Business team apply the vinyl logos. After this, Mr. Black helped get the Competition as ready as the team could before bagging it.

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Bagged robot.

The lab closed at 1:00 AM.

 

2/20/16 – Saturday – Field Duty

Programming team members were busy doing separate tasks. Jake worked on the Team’s batteries – testing them and making certain they were in peak condition. Bhavin and Daniel continued to program different parts of the Robot. They also worked on tuning a control for turning on the Practice Robot and tuning the controls for the Pivoting Arm that will be on the Robot. After this, Daniel tried something new and worked on soldering some motors for the Competition Robot.

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Daniel and Bhavin looking through their codes.

Jacob of Simulation team worked with Dr. Stone in the Cinema room as usual. With some assistance, Jacob was able to recreate some data for the documentation. He also fixed some formatting before departing for the day.

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Simulation team hard at work on their MATLAB simulation runs.

CNC Mill team member Dustin finished three parts with help from CAM member Jonna. Dustin first manufactured out shoulder joints or “socks” from three pieces of stock using tabs. He then created the omni-wheel hub, which went very quickly as it was a small part. Lathe member Lousaper had already cut the stock out on the Lathe, so the going was fairly easy for Dustin.

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Dustin getting assistance from Lousaper for his parts.

The final operations of the day were making the Shooter Plate that will push the ball into the flywheels. The whole part took three hours, and Dustin was able to make three parts.

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Dustin and Jonna running operations on the Mill.

Andrea of Business team finished the Alumni Cover and worked on the Suburban. She also began looking into the parts-list that will be needed. Other members Arvin and Anna used the Vinyl machine to create sponsorship logos that they’ll later place on the Suburban.

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Anna making sure the vinyl comes out perfect.

As the day ran from around 9:00 AM and would continue past 6:00, lunch was brought for the members. The food was from El Pollo Loco, with chicken, mac-n-cheese, and rice.

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Mentors getting first-pick of the food.

Mr. Black continued work on the supplies-purchasing list for the Lab. He also polished out the passenger side of the Suburban with a dual-action buffer to prepare the vinyl placements. Mr. Black went on to assemble the Competition Robot’s Shooter as well.

The lab closed at 2:00 AM, one of the latest times thus far.